The history of reggae music

The history of reggae music

04, March, 2024

Episode 206: The history of reggae music

Reggae music is one of the most recognisable and popular genres of music in the world, but where does it come from and what are the origins of reggae music?

In this short, potted history of reggae music we take you through the birth of reggae music in The Carribean from it’s beginnings in Manto and Calypso music to the various genres and rebirths of the reggae music we know today.

 

Notes

We all know reggae music, one of the most recogniseable music genres on the planet, but did you know that reggae’s roots are in the music of African slaves?

That the first well known reggae song came from a film?

That there are at least seven different genres or styles of reggae?

Listen in to find out more.

 

Recap & Takeaways

Learn about how reggae formed from a blend of Mento and Calypso music into the forms of reggae we listen to today.

Bob Marley is one of the most famous reggae stars, but he died at the young age of 36, which did nothing for his influence on worldwide music.

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Christmas, Red Bikini and BBQ

Christmas, Red Bikini and BBQ

04, March, 2024

Episode 205: Christmas, Red Bikini and BBQ

Do you dream of Christmas sitting by a log fire, or by a beautiful sunny beach ? Listen to this podcast to get both sides of the story. 

Australia is known for it’s informal lifestyle and Christmas is no different. So, how does this sound to you…. Christmas on the beach with a red Santa hat, a beer and a barbecue? Well, this is how people in Sydney, Australia celebrate Christmas Day. They don’t have snow or fireside drinks but they make up for it with the typical Aussie party spirit. Listen to the podcast to find out more. The podcast was recorded via Zoom, so the sound is not always stable.

 

Notes

But even though Christmas  is a special holiday and a precious time spent with friends and family for many. Most of us spend Christmas hoping for snow and wearing ugly Chritmas jumpers, in Sydney they trade that for red bikinis and trunks. 

Would you miss your Christmas turkey ? In Sydney, they don’t ! Let us know in the comments what your Holiday lunch is, you can even leave us your recipes.

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays

 

Recap & Takeaways

Listen out for these words:

It’s packed  – I’ve scrapped the Christmas tree  – I miss the food (grammar construction)

To get a feel for Bondi Christmas Day check out this popular TV show, Bondi Rescue. Real Aussi fun and a real Aussi accent ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM3qegyZHys

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How well do you remember 2023?

How well do you remember 2023?

What were you doing in 2023? Can you remember some of the events that made an impact in the world?

Test your memory and your vocabulary with this quiz.

If you are a language learner, this quiz is a great way to practice the past tense.

From the team at english-podcasts.com we wish you a happy and successful 2024.  

How well do you remember 2023?

 

Christmas far from the North Pole

Christmas far from the North Pole

Is it possible to get in to the Christmas spirit thousands of miles away from Lapland ???

In this Vblog Chris and Sue take you on a fun trip around Toulouse to soak up the Christmas atmosphere in South West France. There are only blue skies, no snow in sight but a lot of French cheese, cakes, chocolate, Canadian whisky and even a Christmas flamingo !!

You’ll see how Sue tries to get Chris into the Christmas spirit in a city a far, far away from Santa’s grotto. 

What do you think, is Christmas too commercial or just an excuse to have some fun in winter?

Click here to go to Two Frogs Travel YouTube channel and see beautiful Toulouse at Christmas.

Wherever you are in the world, hot or snowy climes we wish you a very Happy Christmas!

 

 

Who Said What in 2020?

Who Said What in 2020?

What a year it’s been ! Only one subject dominated our lives, so not much meat for an end of year quiz !

So this year here at english-podcasts we’ve focused on what people said.

Which sentence sums up your year ? For Sue, it’s “What’s Zoom ?” !!! For Chris, it’s… “You are on mute …”

Here’s hoping for a better 2021 !

Quotes of 2020

Happy New Year in a Parallel Universe

Happy New Year in a Parallel Universe

It’s New Year’s eve 2020 or is it 2021?

Chris meets Sue at a New Year’s party, but once again they are in a parallel universe – this happens so often to these two …

Sue is at 31 December 2019 and Chris is at 31 December 2020, so Chris has lived through 2020 and it is all to come for Sue.

Sue is all excited about the coming year with lots of plans and projects that she can’t wait to start, but Chris, who has lived through 2020, thinks that it may turn out a little different to what she wants.

Listen out for the following expressions :

To fit something in

To be on the cards

To cut down on something

To be likely

To be unlikely

To look forward to something.

What about?

Fancy dress party.

A fist bump.

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